The chief commissioner for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women was in Prince George late last week.
Marion Buller attended the annual general meeting of the Carrrier Sekani family services hosted by the Nadleh Whut’en first nation .
Buller has faced criticism over the pace the inquiry is taking. It has been running for a year now and has held but one gathering and that was in Whitehorse is May. While the inquiry is slated to have a final report finished next September, Buller was non-committal as to whether the deadline will be met, but she did says the commission will turn in an interim report as scheduled on November first.
The inquiry is getting up and running holding its first session in thunder bay Ontario this week and will be holding its one and only session in BC. In Smithers the last week of this month. In total, the commission will be stopping in 9 locations coast to coast
The inquiry has a budget of $53.8 million and has two years to complete its task, but Buller says they will need more money and more time to complete its work.
While the inquiry has been taken to task over a lack of communications, Buller says it will also have to overcome another stumbling block in that some affected aboriginal females may not want to take part in the inquiry.